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Illinois Great Ape Laws

Statute Name Citation Summary
IL - Cruelty Generally - Consolidated Cruelty Statutes (Humane Care for Animals Act)   IL ST CH 510 70/1 - 18; IL ST CH 720 5/12-35  

This comprehensive Humane Care of Animals Act from Illinois gives the requisite anti-cruelty provisions.  "Animal" means every living creature, domestic or wild, but does not include man.  Notably, the Act includes a provisions for psychological counseling for a person convicted of violating this section.  An individual is guilty of a Class B misdemeanor for the first offense and a second or subsequent violation is a Class 4 felony with every day that a violation continues constituting a separate offense.  The Act includes special provisions for juveniles and "companion animal hoarders" (510 ILCS 70/2.10).  The cruelty provisions are listed at 510 ILCS 70/3.01, 3.02, and 3.03.  The statute also prohibits the marketing and distribution of depictions of animal torture or cruelty for entertainment purposes (510 ILCS 70/3.03-1).

 
IL - Exotic pets - Act 585. Illinois Dangerous Animals Act   IL ST CH 720 585/0.1 - 4  

This section comprises the Illinois Dangerous Animals Act. Under the act, no person shall have a right of property in, keep, harbor, care for, act as custodian of or maintain in his possession any dangerous animal or primate except at a properly maintained zoological park, federally licensed exhibit, circus, college or university, scientific institution, research laboratory, veterinary hospital, hound running area, or animal refuge in an escape-proof enclosure. Any person violating this Act shall be guilty of a Class C misdemeanor.

 
IL - Pet Shops - Chapter 225. Professions and Occupations.   IL ST CH 225 605/1 - 22   This section comprises Illinois' Animal Welfare Act.  The Act is primarily aimed at regulating commercial pet dealers, such as kennels, breeders, and retail pet shops.  The provisions include restrictions on the age at which both dogs and cats can be separated from their mothers (8 weeks).  

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